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How to Make Coffee Mug Planters

Coffee mug planters

Here’s the deal with these coffee mug planters. A while back it was my son’s turn to do the dishes. “Mom, do we REALLY need all these mugs?” he asked. He counted almost two dozen. But each mug has a story, right? You know how that goes! Instead of pitching them, I used them to dress up my patio! These coffee mug planters have done wonders for my setting, adding a touch of our beautiful Arizona desert to my boho-themed patio.

Succulents to make coffee cup planters, by
Here are the juicy succulents I purchased at Lowe’s. The exact size to fit in a mug!

I live in the southwest, and we sure do embrace cacti, especially beautiful succulents like these. I bought a variety of them because I could see that they fit perfect inside a mug.

Assorted ceramic mugs
Assorted succulents
Drill with a bit for ceramics (I used the Rockwell 3rill 3 in 1 Drill)
Cactus Soil
Spray bottle with water

First thing, to make these coffee mug planters you’ll need to make the holes in the bottom of the mugs. For succulents, it isn’t mandatory, you just have to tip the mug after watering to release excess water. But if you are using the mugs for other plants, you’ll need to drill a hole.

First start with a cheap mug, this is for practice! Set it upside down on a towel. Spray the area you are going to drill with water. Using a glass or diamond tip bit, start at an angle and make a little notch in the center of the bottom of the mug. Spray the area again with water then continue until you have your hole. Be careful, wear goggles!

Once you have your hole drilled, fill the mug halfway with the cactus soil mix. Now it’s time to add the plant!

Remove succulent from container.
Remove succulent from container.

Carefully remove the succulent from the container. Be gentle!

Coffee mug planter

Set it inside the mug on top of the soil and fill the mug with more soil until all the roots are covered. Spray with water from the bottle. Succulents are great, sturdy plants. They love sunlight and don’t have to be watered too much.
Coffee mug planters
Continue for the other mugs.

Coffee Mug Planters
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I love that grouped together, these make a really bold and colorful statement. They also are wonderful for giving to house guests too!

Coffee Mug Planters

Thanks for checking out my post about coffee mug planters!

Love & light,

8 Responses

  1. “Be careful, you may even want to wear goggles!”

    It is always better safe than sorry. Please advise your readers to wear goggles.

  2. Hola Crafty Chica, I just found you on Pinterest and I’ve started following all your boards. I L💖Ve your creativity, you are inspirational❣¡Gracias!

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